Mara is a high school senior, studious and conscientious, who is aiming for Yale. Her niece V moves in with her and her parents when her older sister Amy (V's mom) moves to Costa Rica for a while. V is short for Vivienne and she is everything that Mara is not--a poor student, drug user, and boy magnet. She is a high school junior and will be attending the same school as Mara. The story is told from Mara's point of view. Mara and V may seem light years apart but they are both struggling with who they really are and how they want to be. After much tension and anger towards one another, an uneasy friendship ensues and they learn to respect each other. There are subplots for both Mara and V. For example, Mara works in a coffee shop called "Common Grounds" and V wins the role of Lola in the high school play, "Damn Yankees". I like this story because it shows that we can learn from anyone if we are open minded. Both girls had to quit judging--when that happened they discovered that they were more alike than different!